At Call of Duty XP there was a big announcement regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. It was revealed that only 10 of the maps from the original game were going to be available at launch but all 16 would come to the game later. We talked to Raven Software's David Pellas about the announcement and the reason behind it.
"What we announced before today was that we were going to offer 10 maps on launch, and that's still true," Pellas said. "The announcement today is that the six remaining maps we are actually going to be delivering to anyone who purchases Modern Warfare Remastered, anyone who owns it or a version of Infinite Warfare that comes with it, they're going to get all 16 of the maps for no additional cost."
"The reason that we had to break them up like that is because when we originally got onto this project one of the first things that we did was try to define what the visual quality bar was going to be that was acceptable for us as fans. What would we expect of the visual upgrades? When we did that we were able to break up how much time we had left for this year and how many maps we had to do and it quickly became apparent that we weren't going to be able to hit that bar for every single map unless we shipped later or we reduced the number, and because we are, and have always been, considered a pack-in for Infinite Warfare, and a great bonus content there, we knew that we couldn't ship later, so Activision agreed 'yep, let's focus on the maps we think we can get done' as long as we maintain that quality bar, because the visuals are super important for us."
"We came to an agreement that that number was 10 and so we're all happy and proud to ship those 10, but we all wish we could ship with the 16, but we're really happy with the announcement today that we can hopefully stem some of the fears the fans had that they were going to have to pay additional for maps that they should get for free. Nope, it's all free. I wish I could have been able to tell you guys all about it a lot earlier but I'm just happy the announcement happened today."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will be released as bonus content with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on November 4.